chapter  5
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A Part, and Yet Apart

Drummer Bill Bruford entitled his band’s 1999 album release A Part, and Yet Apart. This record represented for Bruford a return to playing acoustic drums and jazz. For many people Bruford was intimately connected with electronic drums and with rock music, although he had played acoustic drums and jazz rather a lot prior to this release. The title implies that awareness of group affiliation or association is important to Bruford – enough so as to be emblazoned on the sleeve of the record. By releasing jazz CDs, Bruford allied himself with the social group comprising jazz musicians, but with his history as a famous rock drummer he sensed that he stood apart from many of his jazz peers. A comment from one of Bruford’s former band-mates in Yes implies that Bruford was seen as a misfit even in his early days as a rock drummer: ‘having a drummer like Bill Bruford … we could have had a more ordinary drummer, but it wouldn’t have worked as well’ (Howe quoted in Budofsky 2006, p. 6). Budofsky (2006, p. 8) suggests that drummers are all perhaps a little out of the ordinary, always to some degree A Part, And Yet Apart, saying that ‘these people are an undeniably unique subset of the music community’.